- 5-1/2 pairs of socks for Sock Wars III
- 4 design submissions for Think Outside the Sox
- 4 slices of knitted toast and dishcloths for the Olympic Yarn Smackdown
- 1 toy piggie for the Ravelympics
- 2 baby gifts - one sweater and one blanket
- 1 well-dressed charity bear
- 1 Christmas sock monkey
- 3 Christmas hats
- 1 Christmas felted bag
- 2 other pair of socks that really didn't have a deadline - I just wanted to knit them :-)
As I am so prone to do, I dreamed up the next sweater while finishing the last one. In my stash, I have 14 skeins of Knit Picks Andean Silk in the Hollyberry color. It is gloriously soft as 55% Superfine Alpaca, 23% Silk, and 22% Merino Wool, and the color is so rich and edible, it keeps making me crave cranberry sauce (and of course, the rest of the Thanksgiving meal.) I also picked up some cranberry colored glass beads when I visited Bellingham last year, which I'll incorporate into the design.
My goal for this sweater is to complete it by Stitches West, which begins on 2/26/09. The first day of this conference also happens to be my birthday, so I plan to decadently spend the four days immersed in fiber, creative consciousness, and margaritas. This is an agressive goal, but I'll admit up front that I plan to use my Bond machine to expedite the stockinette stitch areas of the sweater. The bands and wide lace lower border will all be done by hand. I have no guilt with regard to this strategy. After 40 years of knitting, I think I have earned the right to no longer have to prove I can do stockinette stitch in my sleep.
I'm no artist, but here is my "vision". I haven't named it yet (am open to suggestions). I'm sure it will get a nickname or two along the way.